MADISON — For the first time during the 2021 season, the Wisconsin Badgers (3-3 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) win consecutive games and get back to .500. On Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium, UW defeated the Army Black Knights (4-2 overall), 20-14, aided by a late forced fumble by Leo Chenal.
With just under five minutes remaining in the game, Wisconsin, who was nursing a six-point lead and facing fourth-and-13 at the Army 35, decided to punt the ball away and lean on its top-rated defense.
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Following back-to-back rushes by Army, the Black Knights were facing third-and-four and that was where Wisconsin’s defense came through big, forcing their first turnover of the game.
Leo Chenal sacked Jabari Laws, forcing the ball out, which was then recovered by Keannu Benton at the 1-yard-line. After a lengthy review, the play was upheld and Wisconsin got the ball back.
Wisconsin was then able to ice the game, as Graham Mertz scored on a QB-keeper, his second rushing touchdown of the game.
In what was a game that was only slowed down by Big Ten Network’s numerous media timeouts, there were only a total of 20 pass attempts, with Army not throwing the ball until the third quarter.
However, as expected, both teams did their fair share of running the ball, as we saw 92 rushing attempts, for a total of 378 rushing yards. Leading the way on the ground for UW was freshman Braelon Allen, who has his second-consecutive 100-yard game, rushing 16 times for 108 yards and his third touchdown of the season.
Tyhier Tyler led the Army ground attack, with 17 rushes, 90 yards and one touchdown.
Following Mertz’s second score, Army marched down the field on a 7-play, 77-yard scoring drive, that was capped off by A.J. Howard’s 6-yard rushing touchdown. Army then attempted an onside kick, but Jack Sanborn was there to cover it up and secure the win for Wisconsin.